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How to add cool graphics to your LinkedIn Profile!

Have you always wondered how some people got really cool graphics into their LinkedIn Profiles? Is it magic? No, it’s easy!

All you need is your character map.

“What’s my character map?” you may ask.

If you are a mac user, I refer you to this forum.

If you are a Mac user, I refer you to this list of how to insert special characters. Apple provides this help page as well for inserting emojis, accented letters, and other symbols into documents. If you are a PC user, go to your start menu and start typing “character map” into the search box. Or, if you don’t have a search box because of an odd technical situation (not that I know from experience about this.. ehhemm…) you can click on All Programs, then the Accessories Folder, then System Tools, then Character Map.

Here’s what you’ll see once you enter the character map:

 

Choose the symbol you want to insert into your profile and double click on it. The symbol will appear in the “Characters to copy” box:

Using this feature, you can insert foreign language alphabets, bullets of many varieties, and any other symbols that strike your fancy. You will then be able to create profiles that look like these (click to see full profiles):

Another trick is to insert a line across the page for emphasis. Lines take up 40 characters but I think they’re worth it. The easiest way to create a line in your profile is to copy one from someone else’s profile.

You can also use arrow instead of bullets. Here’s what it looks like:

Using a combination of graphic highlights, you can make your profile “pop” in a way that everyone else’s does not. In my opinion, it’s worth putting a bit of effort into any strategy that will keep people interested in reading past the first glance. Graphics can do that!

Have you used graphics in your profile in creative way? You are invited to share what you’ve done in the comments below!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Karen
    Sep 09, 2012 at 11:53 am

    very handy, thanks!

  2. Senita
    Sep 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you so very much for all of your helpful tips and advice.

  3. Nov 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you, Brenda. Here is the result of your training:

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmkimball

    I am going to put a link to this article as a resource in my Job Search course at my website.

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